The remains of mother of serving overseer of the First Love Assembly, Rev. Simeon Afolabi, have been buried in Ipee-Offa, Kwara State.
The deceased, Mrs. Elizabeth Titilayo Afolabi Osunwuyi passed on at the age of 92 on 5th April 2019.
The funeral at the weekend was preceded by a Christian-wake at the family compound at Ipee on Thursday.
At the well attended event, a minister from the Calvary Baptist Church, Offa, Rev. S. A. Adeyemo appreciated God for the life of the deceased and urged participants to emulate her exemplary life.
Adeyemo in his sermon said God has given grace to everyone and death is the termination of such grace.
“Death is the termination of grace. Grace can be recovered if terminated by time and chance. Grace is recoverable while one is alive but when death terminates opportunities, it becomes a serious matter, no second chance,” he said, urging people to maximise their life here on earth where they still have opportunities for amendments.
“Death is a place appointed for all the living, death is sure just like the breaking of the day is sure. Many here are wicked and you hear the word of God, a day is coming when the grace will be no more,” he admonished.
Also in his sermon at the funeral held at the First Baptist Church, Ipee, on Friday, another Baptist minister, Rev. (Dr.) S. A. Kolawole admonished the congregation to examine their ways while they still have the opportunity.
The theologian from the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomosho went tough on those camouflaging with religion to perpetrate evil in Nigeria.
“Some people are so afraid to the extent they cannot kill a fowl, but some are so devilish that they kill human beings in the name of religion.
“It is a devilish religion that moves you to take life, these killers in the name of their religion need to repent,” he warned.
Kolawole however called Christians not doing it right to retrace their steps to God. “Even in the Church, we have to retrace our steps. Anybody who kills is a devilish person whether a Christian or a Muslim,” he said.
“I can testify that Mama was a godly woman and a lover of peace while she was here with us. I want us all to learn from her lifestyle because she is a worthy example,” Kolawole admonished.
Also in their tribute, Presiding Apostle of the Global Apostolic Impact Network, Pastors Tunde and Layide Bakare said, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints Psalm 116:15.
“Life never fully awards God’s saints the reward due them until eternity dawns, in like fashion, this tribute can never fully capture the true value of the life lived by Mama Elizabeth Titilayo Osunwuyi, a quintessential woman of virtue and beyond that a wonderful child of God,” Bakare said.
In her own tribute, founder of the Jevinik Enterprises, Mrs. J. N. Inyang said, “A mother is the most indispensible, irreplaceable expensive and treasured being on earth, no one and nothing can fill the void created by the loss of a dear mother, may her gentle soul rest in peace.”
Meanwhile the Lead Pastor of the Word of Grace Bible Church, Eket, Akwa Ibom State, Reverend George Umana also sent his condolences to the entire Afolabi Osunwuyi family.
“Mama is simply irreplaceable and fond thoughts of her love, care, sacrifice and industry will continue to fill and comfort your hearts,” he said.
In his own condolence message, former player of the Super Eagles, Apostle Taribo West said, “The testimony of the well spent life of the deceased is an attestation to the fact that she did not only live long but lived well, particularly in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Also commiserating with the family of the deceased was the Revival Promotion Partners (RPP) who in its message prayed for all that the deceased left behind.
“We sincerely pray that the Almighty Father will grant her eternal rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ and keep all that is hers in faith for a joyful reunion hereafter,” RPP prayed.
Several individuals and groups took turns to pay their tributes to the late Mama Osunwuyi as she was committed to mother earth.